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Section category: Services and support

Soc&Env: Community Cohesion: Community grants programmes and services

Hackney Council continues to invest in the voluntary and community sector through a grants programme, with £2.5m allocated in 2015/16. This programme funds a range of projects for residents, such as youth activity schemes, health advice, employment support advice and improving safety in the borough. The Healthier Hackney Fund is another community grants programme launched …

Soc&Env: Local volunteering services and support

Following the successful push to increase volunteering around the London 2012 Olympic Games, Team Hackney partners have continued to promote opportunities and to celebrate the active contribution that volunteering makes to the local community and civic life. For example, the Hackney Volunteer Centre promotes volunteering as a route into work for people who are unemployed, …

Soc&Env: Local services and support for social isolation

Hackney Council funds Targeted Preventative Services (TPS), a scheme to support vulnerable adults in Hackney to prevent or delay the need for intensive health or social care support. TPS is made up of two elements: a volunteering and befriending service plus floating support to help residents with specific housing-related needs. The Community Library Service in …

Soc&Env: Local services and support relating to vulnerable groups

Hackney’s Transport Strategy aims to enhance accessibility and mobility options for vulnerable groups, allowing them to live independently.  The council therefore has to consider accessibility issues for disabled and older people when adapting streets and public realm, also ensuring that new developments include such considerations in their designs. To ensure this is prioritised, Hackney’s Development …

Soc&Env: Local services and support relating to active travel

Making Hackney’s roads safer for all road users is one of the key priorities set out in the council’s Sustainable Community Strategy and this continued priority is reflected in the new Transport Strategy.  The City is also committed to promoting active travel. Cycling Hackney has invested heavily in cycling and is renowned for being a …

Soc&Env: Local services and support relating to air and noise pollution

In Hackney, the source of most poor air quality is vehicular traffic on the TfL-controlled road network. However, there are also a number of roads in the borough with poor air quality that are used as ‘rat runs’, which the council is addressing by extending the ‘filtered permeability network’ that restricts through traffic but facilitates …

Soc&Env: Transport and travel: Services and support available locally

Hackney’s Streetscene team are part of the Public Realm directorate within the council. The team has responsibility for the design and maintenance of highways, footways, bridges and street lighting on public roads, as well as road safety and traffic management, school crossing patrols and promotion of ‘sustainable’ transport (including walking, cycling and public transport). Hackney’s …

Soc&Env: Housing and homelessness: Challenges and opportunities

Housing affordability and availability will continue to pose significant local challenges for the foreseeable future in Hackney and the City, driven largely by regional, national and international influences beyond local control.  However, there are significant opportunities for health and housing professionals to work closer together to improve outcomes for local residents. Staff working across the …

Soc&Env: Local services and support for reducing homelessness and associated harms

Independent advice for tenants is available from a number of local charities, most notably Shelter, whose Hackney Family Service supports families who are at risk of homelessness and deal with other housing issues as well. The charity offers free, expert housing advice on a range of topics, and works with specialist services to tackle recurring …